MathBench > Probability

Mice with Fangs: Intro to Punnett Squares

Introduction

In the module on probability, we talked about Laws of Probability that can be applied to, well, just about anything rolling dice or determining the probability of survival, or playing the stock market, or genetics, to name a few. In this module, we're going to talk about another approach to probability, which is much more specific to genetics, called Punnett Squares. Punnett Squares were invented by one Reginald Punnett, a British geneticist who also studied ribbon worms and played cricket with G. H. Hardy of Hardy-Weinberg fame, one of the true big cheeses in the genetics world.

In this module, you'll see how Punnett Squares are really just a graphical way of reproducing the basic rules of probability.

You'll also see how to predict the phenotypic outcome from a multi-loci genotypic cross in other words, how to predict what the kids will look like.